First Senate Issue.
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852.
487 pp. Octavo [23 cm]. Brown cloth with gilt stamped title on front board and decorative blindstamping. Illustrated. Index. Good plus. Boards gently faded, areas of the underlying backstrip are exposed, contemporary gift inscription on front pastedown, text block cracked here and there. The covers of the map volume have faded at the extremities. There is a previous owner’s bookplate on the verso of the first map. The maps themselves are in very good condition, with occasional small splits to the folds.
The John Senex map, all single-sided plates, and all panoramic views are present in book (with the following plates bound out of sequence: “Cave on Fremont’s Island”; reptile plates IV and VI; plant plate VI).
Overall a nice, complete set of Stansbury’s Report and the accompanying maps. This is one of the great US Government exploration reports of the American West, and a must for any serious collector of exploration or Western Americana. “Stansbury’s Report along with Gunnison’s book, The Mormons, provided the outside world with an objective look at the Mormons of Utah as well as with a scientific appraisal of the resources and fauna and flora of this section of the Great Basin.” – Brigham D. Madsen. Howes S894. Wagner/Camp 219:2. Scallawagiana 45. Wheat 764, 765. Moffat 26.